Spelling Out Our Vision at the Community Broadband Networks Initiative

Date: 30 Jun 2020 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

After many years working to promote community networks, we here at Community Broadband Networks want to lay out our broader vision of a better connected country. We hope this vision pulls together all we’ve done and continue to do, and provides a framework for understanding our worldview.… Read More

Idaho’s Proposed Broadband Grant Cares More About Protecting Monopolies Than Expanding High-Quality Connectivity

Date: 18 Jun 2020 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

As states are considering whether and how to use federal CARES Act funding to improve Internet access, Idaho is poised to enact counter-productive limits on who can use that money by excluding community-owned solutions. Though many states have been under pressure from big monopoly providers to only fund for-profit business models with broadband subsidies, those voices seem largely absent in this Idaho fight. Instead, it is some local monopoly providers that are threatened by a wave of new community networks that break the old monopoly approach to broadband networks.… Read More

Christopher Mitchell Reviews “Fiber: The Coming Tech Revolution — And Why America Might Miss It” by Susan Crawford

Date: 22 Jan 2019 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Christopher Mitchell, Director of the Community Broadband initiative at ILSR, reviews Susan Crawford’s new book “Fiber: The Coming Tech Revolution — And Why America Might Miss It.” The book revolves around several communities that will be familiar to anyone following community networks, but even people with only a casual interest in how to achieve the best Internet access will recognize some of the community names in Susan’s latest book.… Read More

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